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Qiagen: May 5, 2005


Qiagen this week launched the GeneGlobe database, which houses "matching solutions" for RNAi and gene-expression analysis "covering the entire human, mouse, and rat genomes," the company said. "More than 70,000" predesigned siRNAs and validated, ready-to-use SYBR Green-based qRT-PCR assays can be sourced from the searchable database at, the company added.

Qiagen also launched its QuantiTect reverse-transcription kit, which requires "only 20 minutes" to synthesize first-strand cDNA and eliminate genomic DNA contamination, the company said this week in a statement. Genomic DNA is removed from starting RNA samples through a 2-minute buffer incubation, after which the treated RNA is directly reverse transcribed, the company said.

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